Published on April 20th, 2013 | by Jimmy Sorensen0
Game Design Software that can Help Beginners Create their Own Games
For those of us who enjoy gaming, there are always moments when we wish we could change the game basics to our liking. Some even wish to personalize the whole game to their own preferences but feel stifled because of their limited programming knowledge. But, thanks to the availability of game design software, even with little programming know-how and oodles of imagination you can create 3D video games that cater to your exact liking. The software you will need to design your own games are easily available today. For instance, the following apps are ideal for kids as well as adults to learn as well as explore their natural creativity and can be easily downloaded online.
[Update] Below I have listed a number of programs that can help beginners. However, I have also written a number of other features that focus on more advanced software tools for beginners as well as the top 3D modelling programs should you want to look beyond Blender 3D.
Developed by MIT Media Lab, it is ideal for creating stories as well as games that are interactive. The use of animated content makes it especially appealing for children as young as 8 years. This programming language encourages children to learn computational as well as mathematical concepts and to make games that hold their own individual stamp.
This software is for the novice where the easy to use interface permits you to create shooter games. It requires Flash and offers the opportunity to create games of different complexities or as far as your imagination can take you.
Meant for somewhat older children who are in high school and above, this programming language has been developed by Carnegie Mellon University. For middle school children there is Alice Storytelling, though it is a bit girl oriented. One can get the necessary resources at their website, though you will need to check whether you meet all the system requirements. This is a great tool for designing 3D video games.
Gamesalad is a great tool for game development as it requires no prior programming knowledge. It has an easy to use drag and drop interface and movements and interaction are all controlled by ‘behaviors’ where the user add rules to govern what each element will do. This game is free to try and publish online but also has a powerful compiler in order to create games for iPhone, iPad, Android and Nook. This feature, however, does come with a small price tag.
This is a great resource for role playing and can turn out amazing games. It is not only free but also quite easy to master. You can use this extremely popular software to produce games that have your own music, characters, story as well as dialogues.
This flash based games engine is still in it’s infancy yet it has created many great indie titles. This tool is very similar to Gamesalad in many respects, in that, it uses behaviors to control the different elements of the game. It does, however use tile based levels which is great for creating large complex levels but with a low file size. This has both a free model to get you started and a paid version for additional features and the ability to export games to mobile devices.
Game Maker 8
This is more advanced software offering a wider variety in the types of games like, platforming, role playing, adventurous games, racing, that can be created using it. It again has a drag and drop system along with its customized programming language.
This software is being evolved since 1999 and is extremely popular in the gaming world. Apart from taking help of tutorials, gamers can take help of the fast growing community of Game Maker users to sail through difficulties and challenges.
If you are familiar with Visual Basic or even Microsoft.NET, then Phrogram is the best option for you. It can help you to gain knowledge about traditional programming by way of easy to comprehend examples and tutorials. It is not a freeware but you can utilize a 30-day trial period.
This makes you familiar with the Python programming language which is used by large corporations like YouTube and Disney. It is more appropriate for those people who seriously wish to get more knowledge on technical aspects of programming rather than just the fun of creating one’s own games.
Once you have your program of choice then you not only need an idea but graphics to work with. If you are not skilled with art programs then here is a handy list of places to get game art and graphic assets.
All of the above game design software offer a simplified and interesting introduction to the world of programming along with providing the satisfaction of creating customized games. The added advantage is that it helps to form the basis for a more advanced career in computers and programming. One can easily access a number of tutorials that can help the novice game maker to become an expert in this field. A career in game making can be one of the most rewarding if one has the requisite knowledge and expertise in the various programming languages. These software can be the first step forward in this field. Besides, you can even learn to make your own 3D video game at summer camps being organized by professional companies such as ID Tech. The camp organizers also provide you the software you will need to design your own games. The basic game making fundamentals that you learn in the camp or build through software paves a strong foundation for the future.